Bitter Winter, an Italian human rights and research organization based in China, revealed that China has rapidly built and expanded new prisons and concentration camps across East Turkistan, where according to the US Department of Defense, over 3 million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, and other Turkic peoples are being detained.
The new report by Bitter Winter found that in East Turkistan’s Yarkent county alone, at least 20 so-called “re-education” concentration camps were built. The investigation also found that Uyghur detainees are being given only one piece of nan bread per day confirming previous reports of malnutrition and forced starvation.
The investigation also revealed that between 2017 and 2019, China expanded and built new prisons across East Turkistan. In Urumchi’s Kaziwan subdistrict, over 20 new 5 story buildings were built holding anywhere from 180-600 detainees per floor. It is estimated that at least 18,000 -60,000 Uyghur and other Turkic peoples are being detained in the 20 prison buildings alone.
Read the Bitter Winter’s full report here: More Evidence About Camps and Prisons for Uyghurs in East Turkistan